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Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

Pope Francis’s Remarks On The Big Bang Are Nothing New For The Catholic Church

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Pope Francis restates something the Catholic Church has taught for a long time and, again, the American media thinks its something new and revolutionary.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay El Al Flight Over Women Passengers

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There is apparently such a thing as too Jewish.

Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Airman Reportedly Denied Reenlistment For Failing To Say ‘So Help Me God’

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It would appear that someone needs to introduce the Air Force to Article VI of the Constitution.

Today in Broken Irony Detectors

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"I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."—Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on ISIS.

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

The House GOP Can’t Even Agree On A Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

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House Republicans can’t even muster the votes to pass a banal resolution honoring Pope Francis: How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s wrap-up before a five-week summer recess, as House Republicans failed to pass their own scaled-back bill on the border children crisis on Thursday. Realizing […]

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

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Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

Citizens United And Hobby Lobby Are About Individual Rights, Not ‘Corporate Rights’

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Much of the criticism of Hobby Lobby, and Citizens United before it, is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what those decisions stand for.

Louisiana May Jail A Catholic Priest For Refusing To Break The Seal Of Confession

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A case out of Louisiana raises serious First Amendment issues.

Lawyers For Gitmo Detainees Using Hobby Lobby To Argue For Expanded Religious Freedoms

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Political irony, perhaps, but probably less than meets the eye.

Islam And World War One

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The First World War played an intriguing role in the birth of the radical Islam we are dealing with today.

Is The Law That Saved Hobby Lobby Unconstitutional?

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Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act itself an unconstitutional Establishment of Religion barred by the First Amendment? There’s a compelling argument that it is.

ISIS Declares Caliphate, Renames Itself ‘Islamic State’

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Is ISIS’s reach about to exceed its grasp?

Previewing Tomorrow’s Hobby Lobby Decision

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The Supreme Court has saved the biggest case of the term for its last day.

British Ban Teaching Creationism As Science, Should The U.S. Do The Same?

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It is now illegal to teach creationism as science in the United Kingdom in any school, public or private, that receives public funding.

No Female Priests for you (Mormon Edition)

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Via the BBC:  Mormons oust Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly over women priests The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a prominent backer of ordination of women priests, her advocacy group has said. Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, was notified of the ruling on Monday, a day after a trial by judges […]

Leave The Church, Take The Canoli

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Throughout recent history, the Catholic Church and the Mafia have been the two dominant non-government forces in Italian politics and culture. Yesterday, Pope Francis went further than any previous Pope in condemning a criminal organization that many Italians are fearful of even to this day: (CNN) – Using his strongest language to date, Pope Francis told Italian […]

Supreme Court Declines Review Of Bar On School Graduations In Churches

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The Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that public school graduations in churches are unconstitutional.

Pope Francis Ditches The Popemobile

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In yet another sign of the manner in which he has attempted to break from the precedents set by his predecessors, Pope Francis has decided that he will no longer use the bulletproof car that has been standard transportation for Pontiffs since the attempted assassination of John Paul II in 1981: (CNN) – Pope Francis has […]

Texas GOP Endorses Discredited ‘Reparative Therapy’ For Gays And Lesbians

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The Texas GOP wants to “pray away the gay.”

The Second-Largest Religion By State

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Reid Wilson takes a look at the map above (click to enlarge), which shows the second-largest religion in each state: In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly […]

Indian Court To Decide If Guru Is Dead, Or Just Meditating

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A Court in India will be asked to decide if a popular guru is dead, or just meditating: The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of […]

What ‘War On Religion?’

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The very idea of a “war on religion” in the United States is absurd.

Pope Endorses Palestinian State In West Bank Visit

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Before Pope Francis departed on his trip to Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel, there was much speculation that he’d end up stirring up some news in the area, and it turns out that speculation was correct: BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Arriving here on Sunday, Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for an end to […]

Allen West And Ben Carson Both Seem To Think God Wants Them To Run For President

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Allen West seems to think that God might want him to run for President. Unfortunately for Mr. West, so does Ben Carson.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Prayer

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The Supreme Court has again ruled that prayers that open legislative sessions are not unconstitutional.

Chief Justice Of Alabama’s Supreme Court Says First Amendment Only Protects Christians

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Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama is no stranger to controversy. During his first term in office (Chief Justice is for some bizarre reason an elected position in Alabama), Moore became famous, or I suppose the better phrase is infamous, when he became the subject of a lawsuit primarily because […]

Vatican Set For First Ever Canonization Of Two Popes, With Two Popes Attending

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On Sunday, it’s the Day Of Four Popes.

Headline Of The Day: Sign From Above Edition

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Man Crushed To Death By Giant Crucifix Dedicated To Pope Yea, that’s not a good sign.

Majority Of Americans Don’t Believe In The Big Bang Theory

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More bad news when it comes to scientific literacy.

Mike Huckabee: I’m Not Homophobic, I’m On The Side Of The Bible

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Former Arkansas Governor, and possible 2016 Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee wants us to know that he’s not homophobic: (CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.” Huckabee, who is also […]

Atlanta Archbishop To Sell Buckhead Mansion

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The Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta is selling a $2 million mansion the diocese acquired after several weeks of bad press over the acquisition: Archbishop Wilton Gregory will vacate his $2.2-million Buckhead mansion in early May and move into another available archdiocese property. The decision followed a Saturday morning meeting at the Archdiocese of Atlanta with […]

Legal Headline Of The Day

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Kosher hot dog case presents a real constitutional pickle The case deals with the interesting question of whether or not a Federal Court should be able to rule on the question of whether or not a claim that food is “kosher” is correct, or whether this is an issue that only religious authorities can decide.

USA Isn’t Religiously Diverse

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Despite the mythos, 95% of Americans are either Christian or unaffiliated.

Contraceptives And Hobby Lobby At The Supreme Court

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Hobby Lobby has a strong argument under RFRA but the precedent would be dangerous.

Explaining The Conservative Love Affair With Vladimir Putin: It’s All About Opposing Obama

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The bizarre conservative love affair with Vladimir Putin continues.

400 Priests Defrocked in Two Years

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Via the BBC:  Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years. When I first saw this headline, I thought that it was positive evidence of the Vatican acting in regards the pedophilia scandal in the Church.  However, upon reading the story it shows a mixed outcome: Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only […]

Justice Sotomayor Temporarily Blocks PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Developments overnight in a small but controversial issue raised by the PPACA.

Just 60% Of Americans, 43% Of Republicans, Accept Theory Of Evolution

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Once again, a poll shows that large numbers of Americans, and most Americans, reject Evolution via Natural Selection as the explanation for humanity’s origin. How do we explain that?

The Star Of Bethlehem And Science Fiction

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One of the iconic images of the religious side of the traditions surrounding Christmas is, of course, the Star Of Bethlehem which, according to what is really a quite limited mention in the Biblical accounts, guided “wise men from the East” to the location of the birth of Jesus Christ. It has become a central […]

The Cultural Conservative Love Affair With Vladimir Putin Is Quite Odd

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Vladimir Putin seems to be getting a lot of love from cultural conservatives in the United States.

GOP Congressional Candidate: Phil Robertson Just Like Rosa Parks

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A Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois says that Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson is another Rosa Parks: AURORA, Ill., Dec. 22 (UPI) – A Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois compared “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson to civil rights leader Rosa Parks in a posting on his website. Ian Bayne, one of four Republicans seeking the nomination to […]

Duck Dynasty, “Free Speech,” And The Culture Of Perpetual Outrage

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“Reality” TV star says something dumb about gay people, gets suspended, usual pointless outrage ensues.

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